A new scholarship has been set up by America’s Arab Horse Foundation in memory of the “Dirty Dancing” actor Patrick Swayze.

Mr Swayze and his wife, Lisa Neimi, owned and competed Arab horse for many years before his death of pancreatic cancer in September.

The scholarship will offer financial support to a young person, involved with Arab horses, who pursues a career in the performing arts.

And the foundation is appealing for fans of the actor to make donations to the cash pot for the scholarship.

The Arab Horse Foundation is the charitable arm of the Arabian Horse Association, also based in Denver, Colorado.

Donations to the Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi Scholarship can be made on line by visiting www.arabianhorsefoundation.org <http://www.arabianhorsefoundation.org>